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Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Excellent quote from "A Tale of Two Cities."
I've been immersing myself in A Tale Of Two Cities lately...

This is another one of those random posts, mostly because we're so close to Robin Hood Week (eep!), that I didn't feel like a writing a big topical post and then have it get buried with all the Robin Hood posts.  But I did want to do something (I really should be writing right now, but I just felt led to write this post, so I am.  It's not often I get that kind of feeling, so I thought I'd follow it just for tonight), hence this post.  Firstly, I want to give you a big list of movies that I'm planning to review in the nearish future, just to whet your appetite.
  • BBC's Robin Hood - this will be published during Robin Hood Week.  Usually I find it hard to write reviews about something so big, but it all came together quite easily this time.  I think it's one of my best film reviews to date.
  • A Tale Of Two Cities Musical - I know that I sort of reviewed this musical back when I had just discovered it, but I want to give it a proper review.  It deserves it.
  • A Tale Of Two Cities 1935 - amazing adaption of the book, even though it was made in the 1930's, and I can't wait to share my thoughts on it with you all.  I'll have a few more details about it later on in this post, but I'll save most of them for my review.
  • Animated Robin Hood (1973) - this was planned for Robin Hood Week, but then Blogger ate my post and I didn't feel like rewriting it, so one of my guest posters stepped in and wrote a review.  I also want to write my own, but that won't be for a while.
  • Four other animated movies - I'm planning on combining reviews of my favorite animated films into one big post, and the ones I'll be featuring (besides Robin Hood) are The Great Mouse Detective, Horton Hears A Who, Puss In Boots, and Tintin.
  • Les Miserables live - technically not a film review, but I'm adding it to this list anyway.
Natalie Toro as Madame Defarge
I recently was able to download the entire soundtrack for A Tale Of Two Cities using one of my library's programs, and I've been listening to it all. the. time.  All the songs are beautiful, stirring, or angry (or all three), and I find several of them rather addictive.  I've been listening to a lot of songs with Madame Defarge, mostly because I think her voice is amazing.  It's not beautiful, at least in the conventional way, but it's so powerful and strong and she's able to belt perfectly, exactly the way it should be done.  And she freaks me out, which you wouldn't think would be conducive to making me like her, but I like to feel emotions when I listen to music.  I mean, 'Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind' is creepy.  The opening music always chills me just a little.  Oh, and speaking of being creeped out, what about that song 'Everything Stays The Same'?  I love it, but in a way I don't.  Or 'The Tale' where Mme. Defarge lets loose all the hate and bitterness that's been building up inside her for twenty-five years.  That song is fierce.

As for the better songs, I've found myself listening to 'Little One' quite a bit, as well as 'Now At Last'.  Gorgeous songs, amazing lyrics, beautiful music.  Absolutely love all of them.  I also liked how there were more things from the book, like 'The Trial' where the ensemble is singing about if there were statues issued to outstanding citizens, Barsad would've had one.  Or in 'Everything Stays The Same', when they actually quote the opening lines of the book (and was anyone else freaked out by the way they chant 'liberty, equality, fraternity, or death' in that low, almost whispered tone?).  

Ronald Colman. A Tale of Two Cities. 1935. Great adaptation and when I saw it I totally got why Colman was the "it" man of his day.
Ronald Colman as Sydney Carton
Speaking of accuracy to the book, the 1935 adaption of AToTC is one of the best book-to-screen adaptions of any piece of classic literature of seen.  Which is quite surprising, since most movies made in that time strayed away from the book in a shameful manner (P&P 1940, anyone?).  I really, really love the 1935 adaption.  The cast is great (especially Sydney...I never thought anyone could come close to James Barbour's performance, but Ronald Colman's portrayal is a really close second), and there were little details throughout the whole thing that followed the book, so I was satisfied.

And then, of course, I've been reading the book for English Lit.  There's several essay questions for each chapter, and I'd probably hate them if it was any other book (even Les Miserables, because the whole thing is so deep), but I don't mind the questions.  It's probably because I've waited so long to read the book, and I don't mind answering questions about character development, plot, metaphors, etc.  It's challenging, in a good way.

Other books I've been reading include The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn (I don't usually read novels, since I find they're pretty much all alike, but Davis Bunn is one of my mom's favorite Christian authors, and the premise of the book sounded interesting, so I read it.  It was surprisingly good - probably not a re-read, but I did enjoy it), Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (I'd heard a lot of good things about this book, so when I saw it for sale at the library, I snapped it up and read it in pretty much one sitting.  It is so good; I'll probably write a review for it), and Queen Mother by Anneliese Blakeney (I'm reading this right now, so that it can be fresh in my mind for the review that should've come a while ago.  If you want to pick up a free e-copy of this book, just go here.  Highly recommended).

I'm starting to learn just how true this is.

I've been writing quite a bit lately, and just recently my characters have taken over Torn Hopes and are now telling me what happens next and just what to write.  It's exhilarating because I've heard so many other authors discussing how their charries talk to them all the time and it had never happened to me, but now it has.  Of course, everything's gone totally off the plot I originally had, and it's scary since I'm an organized person and I like to know exactly where I'm going, but I'm sure it'll all work out.  One reason I've been writing so much (I'm already over 10,000 words into the story) because I really want to finish it and get to work on the Vengeance Is Mine trilogy.  I planned out a timeline for the story/backstory today, and my notebook is crammed full with ideas and such.  I can't wait to start writing it, but since it's impossible for me to focus on more than one project at once, I'll just have to wait.  A post about the whole thing should be forthcoming in a little while.

And this is the last thing.  I promise.  I recently discovered the new Emma Approved vlog series, and I love it so far (the first seven episodes have been posted already).  It's basically a modern retelling of Emma, like the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (which I haven't seen, but really should), and it's amazing.  Mr Knightley ('Alex Knightley') is my favorite character - go figure - and even though I don't really care for Emma herself right now, I'm sure she'll improve.  The episodes are only about five minutes long apiece, so it shouldn't take you too long to get caught up.  You'll love it.

Emma Approved - Bernie Su and Hank Green begin another ride into Austen lit.  I loved Lizzy Bennett Diaries so this is going to be just as fantastic!

What movie are you most anxious to see a review for?  Have you watched A Tale Of Two Cities: The Musical?  Have you seen any of the Emma Approved episodes?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

30 Songs {#1}

This was the one song that I never had any trouble placing.  As soon as I thought of doing this blog series, I knew One Day More would have to be first on the list.  Putting a solo at the top was never in the plan because even though there are some amazing solos in the musical theatre world, a big, epic ensemble number is needed to round out the blog series, in my opinion.  And no song captures the scope and epic sweep of Les Miserables better than One Day More.  All the characters (except Fantine) are out on stage, singing their hearts out about love and loss and barricades of freedom and what God has in store for them.  It makes me happy and sad at the same time.  Happy because the music is gorgeous, and the voices are so beautiful blended together, and sad because it really is a bittersweet song.  The barricade boys will die, Marius will never love Eponine back, and, eventually Javert and Valjean will both die.  Plus, One Day More is one of the only songs in Les Miserables that I can feel the emotion of each and every character singing clear as a bell, and it makes me cry.  It is truly a song of epic, grand, leave-you-speechless proportions.

Tomorrow we'll be far away.
Tomorrow is the judgement day.
Tomorrow we'll discover what our God in heaven has in store.
One more dawn.
One more day.

The 10thAC owns this song.  The 25th is okay, but Nick Jonas sort of ruins the effect (especially with 'My place is here, I fight with you' where he doesn't hold the note out and leaves the cast just hanging there for half a second).  And the movie...well, in my opinion, the movie version falls kind of flat.  The quieter voices worked fine for most of the other songs, but One Day More is a song that needs strong voices that can sing loudly, and sing well.  Another thing I think ruined the movie's effect was the fact that the cast weren't all standing together singing.  I know it wouldn't have worked in the movie format, but still (just check out the Oscars' version - it's even better than the movie, even though they're not all in character).  So, yes, the 10th is my favorite version.  Completely spectacular.

Now, I want to list the songs that didn't make it into the 30 Songs post series - and they weren't included just because I didn't have room to fit them all in.  Most of them rank very high on my list of favorite songs, so I wanted to give them a little spotlight right here.  Click on the titles to watch or listen to the song (except for the first one, which I can't find on Youtube anyway.  Trust me, it's a gorgeous song).
What did you think of the 30 Songs post series?  What are some of your favorite songs?  Do you have any suggestion to add to my list?

Saturday, October 26, 2013

30 Songs {#7-#2)

#music #quotes #inspiration #vinyl lust so True. Selling all my LPs to help fund cancer research on our Story of Cancer Store.

So, you may be wondering what's up with the title of this post - '30 Songs {#7-#2} - but I can explain.  While the 30 Songs blog series has been tremendous fun, it's also stopped me from writing other posts that are different topics (although I've done quite a few of those) and the list just keeps growing.  There are about a gazillion film reviews I want to write, as well as getting the Queen Mother review written before I forget every single thing about it and have to read it over again (not that I don't want to, but I already have so many books on my to-read list).  And other posts about random things, like my writing.  So, this post will have mini-reviews of the next six songs in the list, with what I like about them, my favorite lyrics and favorite version.  I am letting the very last song have it's own post - it's way to special to be given a mini-review.
  • {#7} Let Her Be A Child - This song, from A Tale Of Two Cities: The Musical (gorgeous, gorgeous musical.  I highly recommend it), is one of my absolute favorites.  Charles is in prison, and Sydney still isn't quite sure about his plan, and the two of them sing a duet about little Lucie (or older Lucie - I'm never sure which it is), entrusting her to God, and praying that He will 'let her be a child, for now'.  It's beautifully tearjerking.  Oh, and speaking of tearjerking, the little reprise of 'Now I lay me down to sleep...' made me cry so hard when I first watched the concert.  Still does, actually.  Favorite lyrics: For now save her the sorrow, for now save her the tears.  Save grief for somewhere years away, just not today; not here.  Favorite version:  Having only heard/watched the concert version with James Barbour and Simon Thomas would obviously have to be my favorite.  But it's really good in it's own right, so even if I'd heard other versions, I'd still love that one.
  • {#6} Into The Fire - Oh.  Wow.  This song is the only one I've listened to from The Scarlet Pimpernel musical, besides Madame Guillotine, and I love it more than I can say.  It's Sir Percy's theme song, and what an epic one it is.  I always get chills while listening to it, and it's actually rather addicting (as in, I could listen to it a dozen times in a row and I wouldn't get tired of it).  I like how it starts out slow and then builds up to an amazing finish.  Favorite lyrics: David walked into the valley, with a stone clutched in his hand.  He was only a boy, but he knew someone must take a stand.  There will always be the valley, always mountains one must scale.  There will always be perilous waters which someone must sail.  Favorite version: I've only listened to the Original Broadway Cast Recording, and I really like it (there's always something so satisfying about the OBCRs for any musical).
  • {#5} If Dreams Came True - All the songs in A Tale Of Two Cities are breathtaking, and If Dreams Came True is no exception.  I really can't express my love for this song, mostly because it really is indescribable.  The scope of it, for one, defies explanation because it covers about seven or eight years in about five minutes.  I love that.  At the moment I can't think of any other song I've ever known that does that, and it's so cool.  And Sydney's lines are some of the most beautiful in the entire show.  Also, this song also has the distinction of having that one line that will reduce me to a puddle of tears every. single. time.  And I'm not telling what it is.  Favorite lyrics: If dreams came true, I might have been a better man.  If dreams came true, you might have set me free.  But God is kind, for you he had a better plan.  And saved you from the pain of loving me.  Favorite version: I'm beginning to sound like a broke record, but, again, I've only seen one version of this song (the concert), so that would have to be my favorite.  But really, I couldn't see any other cast performing this song better.
  • {#4} Stars - I had the hardest time deciding whether this song should go in fourth place or second, 'cause I really love it just as much as Drink With Me, but, you know, DWM is sung by the barricade boys, so that's why it's nearer the top.  But this song  It's one of my absolute favorite songs to listen to, and I'm very picky about how it's sung.  In my opinion, only three Javerts have really sung it in the right way.  Phillip Quast (who is my personal favorite - both for this version of the song, and his portrayal as Javert), Russell Crowe (okay, his version was different from any other Javert, but I loved it) and Earl Carpenter (when I went to see Les Miserables live, I was in awe of his rendition of Stars.  It was a.m.a.z.i.n.g.).  It's so beautiful - the lyrics, the orchestration, everything.  And sad, as well.  It always makes me cry at least a little bit.  Favorite lyrics: Stars, in your multitudes.  Scare to be counted.  Filling the darkness, with order and light.  You are the sentinels, silent and sure.  Keeping watch in the night.  Keeping watch in the night.  Favorite version:  As I said above, Phillip Quast's 10thAC performance was the best.  Total perfection.
  • {#3} Never Say Goodbye [go to 2:35 in the video to watch it] - The only word I have to describe this song is gorgeous.  And exquisite.  In Les Mis, the word that crops up most often is 'epic', but when I talk about AToTC, 'gorgeous' constantly slips into my gushings.  That's because it truly is gorgeous.  If only it would come back to Broadway/the West End.  *sigh*  Anyway, about this song...LOVE IT.  I think my favorite thing about it is the orchestration.  It's sweeping and beautiful and perfect for the song, and for Lucie.  Never Say Goodbye was actually written specifically for the concert (I think), and the song it replaced was called Without A Word, also excellent (but not as good).  I found that interesting.  Favorite lyrics: I can't find the lyrics to this song anywhere and I don't know it well enough to quote it from memory, but I'll just say that the chorus is my favorite part, and leave it at that.  I like the rest of it, but the chorus is the best part.  Favorite version: As this was performed only in the concert, Brandi Burkhardt's rendition is the only one I've seen.  She did a stellar job.
  • {#2} Drink With Me - Where do I begin with this song?  I obviously love it, since it almost made it to the top, but it really goes deeper than that.  I crave this song.  Which means I have to listen to it at least once a day (either movie, or 25thAC), or it just doesn't feel right.  I've gotten that way with a few songs, most recently being Never Say Goodbye and Ramin Karimloo's version of I Dreamed A Dream, and now it's gone to Drink With Me.  This song has always touched me for many reasons, one of which being, it's the last song the barricade boys all sing together and it's so full of meaning and friendship and...yeah.  Turns me into a mess every time.  It's sad and beautiful and, just...I really can't explain it.  And Grantaire's bit is tragic.  Realllly tragic.  Favorite lyrics: Drink with me, to days gone by.  Can it be you fear to die?  Will the world remember you when you fall?  Can it be your death means nothing at all?  Is your life just one more lie?  Favorite version:  Without a doubt, the 25th wins.  I mean, the movie was really good, but they cut so much of it, it kind of wasn't good anymore.  But the 25th has all the lines, great barricade boys, and lots of tension between Enjolras and Grantaire.  Honestly, it was really brick-accurate.  And I love accuracy to the book.
Which of these songs is your favorite?  What do you think the number one song will be?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Announcing Robin Hood Week & Farewell

Random picture, just because I love it.
Robin Hood Week is the big event that I've been keeping under wraps since...oh, about three months ago.  I was actually planning on doing it sooner, but I wanted to finish Season 3 of the BBC Robin Hood first, and then school, writing, emailing friends, etc, got in the way and I'm only just getting around to having it all organized now.  I was also thinking about doing NaNoWriMo this year, but soon realized that doing a blog party and writing 2,000 words a day in a new novel wouldn't work out.  Maybe next year.

<3Anyway, I'm so excited about this blog party, and I'm sure you'll all love it.  I was considering doing a Robin Hood week completely devoted to the BBC show, but not all my readers have seen it, and I really love the books and other film adaptions, so this blog party will focus on different adaptions and such.  Although there will be a huge amount of BBC Robin Hood posts ;)  

Now, the reason I'm promoting this so early is because there's going to be a writing contest as one of the events, and I thought you guys would want to have a fair notice, so you can write and edit your entries.  There's only a few rules, the main two being that your entry has to be between 50 and 5,000 words and it has to be clean.  You can write a poem/ballad, a re-telling of a Robin Hood story, or even a bit of fan-fiction.  Just so long as it's Robin Hood related.  You can start writing now, but I will not be accepting any  entries until the contest officially starts in November.

I've made up three buttons that you can put up on your blog sidebar to spread the word about this upcoming blog event.  Let me know if the HTML doesn't work and I'll see if I can fix it.




As for the 'farewell' part of this post title, I'm going to be away for about a week, and although I'll still be able to moderate/answer comments, there will be no new posts because I didn't get any scheduled (I really should have, but the time got away from me).  However, here a list of posts I hope to write when I get back - besides the ones for Robin Hood Week, of course.
  • Rigoletto film review
  • Finish up the 30 Songs blog series
  • My Les Miserables live experience (no, I haven't gone yet, but I will in just a week)
  • My new writing project
  • Queen Mother review
Are you excited about the Robin Hood Week blog party?  Do you have any ideas for posts that you'd like to see on this blog?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

30 Songs {#8}

The first time I ever heard this song was when Jamie Pugh sang it on Britian's Got Talent 2009.  Back then, I hadn't 'met' Les Mis yet, so the song really had no impact on me (I didn't even really listen to it, or understand what I did hear) but I remember my mom saying that "Of course, this song is sung by a woman, not a guy, in the original play" (she thought Cosette sung it to Valjean which would be sort of odd, given some of the lyrics...).  Little random fact there :)  Anyway, to make a long story short, I watched the 10th in June of 2012 and was blown away by this song.  It brought tears to my eyes and quickly became one of my favorite songs ever.
It's a beautiful song.  The lyrics, the orchestration...I can easily say that it's in my top five list of Most Beautiful Songs Ever.  And the little instrumental reprise of "He's like the son I might have known..." after the final battle always, always makes me cry (reprises, again...)
He's like the son I might have known.
If God had granted me a son.
The summers die, one by one.
How soon they fly, on and on.
And I am old.
And will be gone.

Colm owns this song.  Simply owns it.  There's no other way to put it.  Sure, Alfie Boe has a beautiful voice and amazing stage presence but his acting is severely lacking and I just get an overall feeling of 'meh' from his performance.  And Hugh Jackman has stellar acting, but not the best vocals for this song.  But Colm nails it.  I get goosebumps all over me and tears in my eyes whenever I listen to his version.  I'd say that the only Valjean I've heard that comes close to his performance is Ramin Karimloo.  I like his version almost as much.
Who is your favorite Valjean?

Friday, October 11, 2013

30 {#9}

I honestly don't know how to describe this song.  It's probably the most gorgeous Disney scene ever.  The floating lanterns, soft light, Rapunzel's hair (all those flowers are beyond beautiful), and, of course, the song itself.  I seriously want this song played at my wedding (although, since I want a traditional wedding, I'm not sure where it'll fit in) - I fell in love with it the first time I watched Tangled, and I listen to it all. the. time. on my iPod.  One of my favorite parts is Flynn's verse because it illustrates so well how he's changed.

All those days chasing down a daydream.
All those years living in a blur.
All that time never truly seeing things the way they were.
Now she's here, 
Shining in the starlight.
Now she's here,
Suddenly I know.
If she's here,
It's crystal clear,
I'm where I'm meant to go.

Oh, and did anyone else notice how Pascal turns red and covers his face when he thinks Flynn and Rapunzel are going to kiss?  Of course, they don't, but I thought that was so cute :)

Where does this song rank on your favorites list?

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Book Review: Johnny Tremain

My copy of Johnny Tremain/the mysterious note I found inside
I've wanted to read this book for a long time, since I'd heard so many good things about it from several people, but it wasn't until recently that I finally got a chance to.  I was browsing through a used bookstore (the kind that has books all over the place, in no real state of organization), when I came across an old, battered copy.  I bought it at once, took it home, and read it straight through in three hours (I found an odd note inside - I couldn't figure it out at all; it'll have to remain a mystery).  It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think.  More on all that in a bit.

I watched the Disney adaption when I was younger, and I really liked it, so that combined with enthusiastic recommendations from friends pretty much ensured I would enjoy it.  I've actually read it two times, and I liked it a lot better the second time around (not to say I didn't the first time).  One of my favorite things about Johnny Tremain is the characters.  There's Johnny, of course.  The odd thing about me is that I never like heroes/heroines as much as the supporting characters, but I really did like Johnny.  His story is pretty much the typical 'hero's journey' and it was amazing to see how much he'd changed by the end of the book.  It was gradual, but when I finished the book and thought back to the beginning, I could see it right away.

The other characters: Cilla was great.  She was my third favorite character and I really liked how her and Johnny's friendship was portrayed.  They were great friends, even when it didn't look like it, and, after all, she was the only one Johnny trusted enough to show his silver cup to.  As for my favorite character...well, I'm sure you can all guess who that is.  Rab.  I can't really explain why he was my favorite, but I think this little snippet sums it all up quite well...
"Anybody named Priscilla can marry anybody."  
"No they can't.  For instance, I couldn't marry Rab."
Johnny froze.  From being mildly irritated, but interested, he was a little angry.  "Nobody asked you to," he said shortly..."Rab wouldn't marry you.  He's too...he's too..."
"Wonderful?"  Cilla gave him one of her sweet, veiled glances out of the corner of her eye.  "That's what you mean?" 
It was exactly what Johnny had meant.
 Let's see...what else can I talk about?  Oh, yes, the historical setting.  I love the American Revolutionary time period and reading Johnny Tremain confirmed that opinion.  I learned a lot more about that time period just reading the book (sort of a subconscious thing, you know) and, on another note, Otis' speech in the attic was completely epic (and I mean that in the blow-you-away-with-the-amazingness-of-it way).  I have a feeling I should quote it here, or at least some of it...
"Each shall give according to his abilities, and some-" he turned directly to Rab "-some will give their lives.  All the years of their maturity.  All the children they will never live to have.  The serenity of old age.  To die so young is more than merely dying; it is to lose so large a part of life...we give all we have, lives, property, safety, skills...we fight, we die, for a simple thing.  Only that a man can stand up."
Talk about foreshadowing.  Because, you see, Rab dies (oops - should I have put a spoiler alert in front of that?  Oh, well, you basically know it from the above quote).  And it's heartbreaking.  Not in the 'oh no, this character died.  Let's cry a little.' but in the way that makes a real impact on you.  Because he died for what he believed in.  He was only eighteen and he already had a set course for his life, and he wasn't afraid to see it through to the end.  Excuse me whilst I go cry.

So that's my review of Johnny Tremain.  One of my new favorite classic books and one that I'll probably re-read several times.  It's funny, it's poignant, and at some parts, it's downright sad.  But you'll love it anyway.  I promise.

Have you ever read Johnny Tremain?  Who's your favorite character?

30 Songs {#10}

This song is pure gorgeousness.  I love the opening notes (as someone I know once said, "The music of Les Mis is just as powerful as the lyrics.  The first notes of On My Own always makes me cry") and the lyrics are so beautiful (tragically beautiful, which seems to by the Les Mis style).  It's the most famous solo, after Bring Him Home and I Dreamed A Dream, and it completely deserves that.  I've always liked the part where Eponine admits she loves Marius the best ("I love him, but when the night is over...") but another favorite is the first two verses that were cut from the film.

And now I'm all alone again,
Nowhere to turn, no-one to go to.
Without a home, without a friend, without a face to say hello to.
And now the night is near.
Now I can make believe he's here.

Sometimes I walk alone at night when everybody else is sleeping.
I think of him and then I'm happy with the company I'm keeping.
The city goes to bed,
And I can live inside my head.

The best version of this song goes to Samantha Barks (movie), followed closely by Lea Salonga's performance in the 10thAC.  I love how the movie's version is quieter than any other I've heard, but Samantha still manages to get the emotion and power of the words across very well.  It's one of my most listened to iPod tracks.

What are your favorite lines in this song?  What's the best rendition you've heard/seen?

Friday, October 04, 2013

30 Songs {#11}

The first time I listened to this song, my impression was that it was an angry song.  Forget DYHTPS?, Until Tomorrow, or even AtEotD.  This song perfectly describes the mood and sentiments of the peasants before (and during) the French Revolution, and even if it is a bit morbid, I still really enjoy listening to it.  Mostly because the words and the orchestration is so so strong and just...chills worthy (and I do get chills every. single. time.)  I think the chorus is especially vengeful.

Sing, swing, savour the sting,
As she severs you,
Madame Guillotine.
Slice, come paradise,
You'll be smitten with Madame Guillotine.

I've only listened to the Broadway Cast Recording version of this song (the one above), but I also watched a German version - it was incredibly freaky, even a bit disturbing, although that could just be my personal opinion.  Chauvelin seemed even more angry (if that's possible), and the peasants were doing this weird ballet around the the guillotine.  Anyway...this song is definitely in my most-listened-to list.  I highly recommend it to any musical theatre fans (not the musical itself though - from what I've heard, it's a terrible adaption of the book).

Have you listened to any other recording of this song?

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

30 Songs {#12}

With the possible exception of Defying Gravity, I Dreamed A Dream is musical theatre's best known song, and with good reason.  After Susan Boyle was catapulted into fame with her rendition of the song, almost everyone started noticing it and loving it.  There are several videos on Youtube that compare different versions of this song, and there have been many hot debates over who gives the best performance (more on that in a minute).  I believe that part of the song's success is due to it's beautiful, heartwrenching lyrics and gorgeous orchestration.  The sweep of the music after "And there are storms we cannot weather" always, always gives me chills.  As for the lyrics...they are perfect for Fantine's story.  One verse in particular is my favorite.

And still I dream he'll come to me,
That we will live the years together.
But there are dreams that cannot be,
And there are storms we cannot weather.

I don't think there's any question over who gives the best performance of this song.  Anne Hathaway wins hands down, in my opinion (and many others).  The passionate heartbreak, despair, and longing she pours into this song is mind-blowing.  One of the best scenes in the entire film.  My second favorite version of I Dreamed A Dream, is this one.  Yes, I know it's a guy singing it, but the new lyrics/orchestration work well with his voice, so I'm happy.

What is your favorite line from this song?  Who's version is the best?
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